Grantee develops tobacco dependence treatment webinar with ICAA, GREA

Global Bridges grantee Joao Mauricio Castaldelli-Maia recently developed a tobacco dependence treatment webinar in partnership with the International Council on Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA) and the Interdisciplinary Group of Studies in Alcohol and Drugs (GREA).

In this week’s blog, he shares insights on developing the webinar and his hopes for what it will bring to the academic medical community. 

I chose the webinar’s theme, “Implementing evidence-based smoking cessation treatment,” because I feel medical students and health professionals don’t spend much time on it during their undergraduate courses. Through this webinar, they gained knowledge about state-of-the-art smoking cessation treatment in the general population and in mental health or addiction patients. I hope this webinar will give them an overview of smoking cessation treatment availability around the world, explaining the importance of its implementation within different settings.

ICAA and GREA felt I was the appropriate person for this project because I’ve been conducting research on tobacco dependence for a long time now. They also know that I’m a current Global Bridges grantee working on a capacity building project in Brazil, and knew that I could organize an international event taking advantage of this global network, its expertise and its efforts in tobacco dependence treatment.

Special thanks to Taylor Hays, Raj Panda, Katie Kemper, Gustavo Zabert, Arusyak Harutyunyan and Martin Raw, my Global Bridges colleagues and fellow grantees who participated in the webinar.

The webinar is free and open to the public with registration. It is hosted by the University of Sao Paulo Medical School.